Amarre 69

One of my favorite restaurants here in Barcelona is one that I feel is often overlooked. I actually stumbled upon Amarre 69 by accident with some friends back in March. We had spent a majority of the day at the beach and after watching the sunset, we were all starving after having lost track of time. We opted for a restaurant right by the beach that  looked warm and inviting, and had displayed a menu with a lot of different options for our varying tastes.

We sat at a comfortable table outside and even though it was a bit chilly, the outside heaters, along with the complimentary blankets and seat cushions made it more than comfortable and toasty enough for our meal. The outside sitting area was decorated with plants and soft lighting to tie in the inside and outdoor area and was extremely pleasant, and aesthetically pleasing, and ultimately led us to the restaurant in the first place. After all, there are a row of what seems like endless restaurants by Barceloneta, but Amarre 69 stood out. With it’s vibrant sign, lit candles, and funky furniture, it caught our eye.

photo0jpg

I was with three of my friends from America, who were visiting me for their Spring Break. Although the menu had a variety of delicious options, I decided we first needed a pitcher of Sangria, and some Patatas Bravas to start us off, after all, we are in Barcelona.

IMG_9083

My friends, of course, loved both of my choices. Then, it was time for entrees. Two of the girls ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, that came complete with avocado, mozzarella, and basil, and raved about it. My other friend, Nicole, ordered just the nachos as her entree! It may seem a bit strange to order as a meal, but she is a nacho fanatic and when her large dish arrived topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, fried beans, spicy sauce and guacamole she could not hide her excitement. According to her, they tasted even better than they looked! Lastly, I ordered the Cheeseburger.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

And I can honestly say, IT WAS THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD. The
cheeseburger was almost the size of my head, stacked with gooey cheese, onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato and finally topped with an egg, with the yolk runny, my mouth, along with everyone else’s at the table completely dropped when it was put in front of me. Although I had a lot difficulty trying to fit the monstrosity into my mouth, it was more than worth it. The burger was juicy, perfectly seasoned, and the numerous toppings only added to it. I made my friends try it too; and it was, in fact, the best burger they had ever had as well.

 

 

IMG_9084.JPG

 

 

 

We enjoyed Amarre69 so much we ended up going inside to grab some drinks at the bar, and spotted a comfortable sectional in the back corner which we lounged at while a live guitarist performed in the corner! It was quite a unique, fun, and young atmosphere, and would highly recommend it to anyone, especially after a day at the beach!

Advertisements

Cereal Killer Cafe

Cereal Killer Cafe was truly a childhood dream come true. Located in London, England, and with two locations, one in Camden and more recently in Birmingham, the cafe is truly a one of a kind experience. Decorated with bright colors, childish furniture, and 80s’ and 90s’ memorabilia, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic about my own childhood. My friend, Abby who was with me, even looked at me and said “its’ like we just went back in a time machine.” The Cafe offers over 120 different kinds of cereals, both British, as well as imported, 30 varieties of milk, and 20 different toppings. The options are beautifully displayed on a vintage chalk board, in bright, colorfully assorted writing. The milk alone varies from traditional types such as whole milk, and even almond and soy milk, and then continues on to unique flavors such as Salted Caramel, Banana, and even Bubblegum. The cafe does offer a menu of specialities such as the “Stacked Hot Chocolate,” and the “Lucky Charm Milkshake” but the best part is being able to customize your order. The cafe allows you to build your own cereal masterpiece with all your favorite additions, and although the endless options were a bit overwhelming I finally decided upon Frosted Flakes with chocolate milk, whipped cream, nuts and caramel.

16997818_10210714181204020_7423351384057688651_n

The presentation was more than impressive in itself with the large glass mug seeming to be overflowing with whipped cream, drizzled nuts and caramel, and perfectly finished off with a vintage blue and white straw.

16711837_10210714181004015_1912444985813063070_n

The combination was evidently like nothing I have ever had before. The sweet mixture of the various flavors was overwhelming sweet, but incredible because of it!  To say eating it gave me a sugar rush, would be an understatement.

Besides the absolutely delicious cereal creations, part of the reason my experience was so pleasant was because of the environment. The retro furniture and brightly colored rooms looked like something out of a comic strip, and made the Cafe that much more inviting and enjoyable. This feeling was evidently exactly what they were striving for, because they actually have a “Cereal Killer Cookbook” they sell at the cafe, and online! The book features two silly characters, displayed on the cover eating and seeming to be literally inhaling a large bowl of cereal. The book features cereal recipes, games, and other humorous cereal-related content such as the “important rules of eating cereal-slurp all you want, make sure you choose a deep bowl to avoid spillage on the way to the sofa.” Other products included vintage corn flake notebooks, “cereal killer cafe” stickers and even their very own set of trading cards the “the cereal killer trading pack”.

The Cereal Killer Cafe was a unique, fun, creative, and above all tasty experience! I highly recommend it if you find yourself in London, and I look forward to someday going back,  maybe when I have kids of my own!

Check out their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more information, pictures, and updates!

The Pancake Bakery!

Amsterdam is a spectacular city full of endless tourist attractions and hundreds of”must-see” locations; just one of these is The Pancake Bakery. Located in a two floor historical warehouse, and with a beautiful view of the Prince Canal, The Pancake Bakery with its abundance of historical charm, lives up to its’ reputation of timeless quality, variety, and excellence.

The Pancake Bakery evidently specializes in Dutch pancakes, but they offer much more than just the traditional pancake served with maple syrup and powered sugar. The extensive menu is separated into several categories including Omelets, International Pancakes, Traditional Pancakes, and then “Our Specialties-for the pancake expert.” Within this heading there are two subdivisions depending on your preferred taste, savory, or sweet. Sweet pancake options range from bananas with chocolate, to pancakes with peaches, cherry liquor, and even ice cream. The savory section of the menu includes various meats, cheeses and vegetables including chicken, bacon, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Pictured above: (Left)-Caprese: Pancake with mushrooms, onions, melted mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and fresh basil. (Right)-Pancake with pineapple, banana, and chocolate sauce.

With the menu displaying countless options of both sweet and savory tastes, I evidently had to get one of each. Although I struggled with the menu, fluctuating between what seemed like endless options, I finally decided on two. The two humongous plates were brought out together within approximately twenty minutes, and piping hot. I decided to first try my savory order, The Caprese, as my main meal and then would proceed with my sweet pancake for dessert. Well, that was my plan originally, but I could barely get through half of the first one before I realized I still had a whole other pancake to eat! Although the pancakes are thin, they are extremely filling. The Caprese was absolutely delicious with fresh vegetables, and warm, melted cheese completed with a delicious herb seasoning. Next, for my sweet pancake. I ordered it with pineapple, banana, and chocolate sauce, and it exceeded my expectations. The pineapple and bananas were thinly sliced and baked into the pancake and even topped with it as well. Completed with chocolate sauce and my personal addition of powdered sugar and maple syrup, the pancake was absolutely heavenly. I can confidently say these two were some of the best pancakes I have ever had.

img_2038

The traditional, cozy atmosphere, largely in part to the 17th century building its located in, along with it’s large menu, quality products, and friendly wait staff made for a wonderful experience. And, regardless of your taste preferences, The Pancake Bakery is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy! Next time you’re in Amsterdam, make sure to put The Pancake Bakery at the top of your list for breakfast or lunch spots, you will not be disappointed!